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Frances Manzi.

Frances Manzi, 57NEW YORK, NY - Frances Manzi, 57, died on September 26, 2014 after a courageous, two-year struggle with brain cancer.Frances was born in Worcester, Mass., the youngest child of Francis and Edna Caldbeck Manzi. She was a longtime resident of the city of New York. She died quietly in Philadelphia in the home of her sister Janice, just days after celebrating her birthday surrounded by a crowd of family and friends. Besides her sister Janice, wife of Harold Cohen, she is survived by her sister Susan of Worcester; her brother Arthur of San Francisco; and her nephews Max and Zachary, of Philadelphia.Frances attended public schools in Worcester and graduated with honors from Tufts University. After living in Boston for a few years, she moved to New York, a city she adored. It was her home, the site of her successful career in advertising, and the center of her vibrant social life, which took full advantage of the cultural riches of the city. She was a generous supporter of many charities as well as organizations promoting liberal causes and women's rights. She was an early and enthusiastic friend of the High Line and took pride in showing it off to friends and family who were visiting from out of town. In 1989, after working in various advertising agencies, she became production director at J. Crew. Six years later she founded Frances Manzi Productions and set up offices in the iconic Starrett-Lehigh Building (601 W. 26th St). Her company specialized in the creation of print advertising and catalogues and did work for clients such as J. Jill, Garnet Hill, Spiegel, Talbots, and West Elm. A large part of her success was due to her commitment to nurturing the talents of the men and women who worked with her. She had a genius for developing close-knit teams of producers, stylists, models, and photographers-"photo shoot families"-who got the job done and had fun doing it. She led teams on location all over the country and all over the world. Even into the early stages of her battle with cancer, she showed up on location to guide and support her colleagues, who had become beloved and loving friends. She earned their loyalty by offering herself as an example of principled, disciplined professionalism tempered with generosity and compassion. Many a baby born to parents in her photo shoot families cherishes a brilliant, unique blanket that Frances lovingly knit while overseeing a shoot.Large doses of acerbic wit and articulate anti-establishment rage kept it real. She was a fund of information on American history, American politics, architecture, art, fashion, popular culture-all of it used to elaborate the stories she told, with zest and dramatic gestures, to the delight of her wide circle of friends. She traveled widely. She may have loved London as much as New York and flew there frequently to visit friends. She was never bored and didn't know how to be boring. She will be sorely missed, always loved, never forgotten.Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral on Thursday, October 2. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at noon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 28 Mulberry St., Worcester. The burial will take place in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. A memorial service in New York is being planned for a later date. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home. A fundraising campaign has been set up in memory of Frances for one of her favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver. Make donations online at
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Sep 29, 2014
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